ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy has filled in some details about its plan to develop large — and extra-large — unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) in the coming years. The UUVs are envisioned for such roles as anti-submarine warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance, mine countermeasures and others.
Navy officials, speaking Oct. 26 at the defense forum of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, announced the numbers of Large-Diameter UUVs (LDUUVs) and Extra-Large UUVs (XLUUVs) that the service plans to develop for experimentation.
The Navy plans to build “about 10” LDUUVs, said Nidak Sumrean, executive director of the Program Executive Office-Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), which also oversees development of many unmanned maritime systems, particularly those for the LCS.
Rear Adm. Robert P. Girrier, director for unmanned systems in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, speaking at the same event, said the service plans to build two LDUUVs in fiscal 2019 and two in fiscal 2022. The government will perform system integration for the LDUUV, with industry involved in design, hull fabrication, and major subsystems.
Sumrean also said the Navy plans to build five XLUUVs, which would be able to carry a larger payload than the LDUUV. The XLUUV would be of modular construction and able to accommodate modular payloads. The vehicle would be able to deploy from a host platform or a pier.
The XLUUV will “shift to full and open competition” with up to five companies expected to submit proposals, Girrier said. The responses for information are being received, he said, and the Navy expects to select two proposals in fiscal 2017.
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